After decriminalization, it is now legal in Thailand to buy and sell cannabis plants, their parts such as buds and leaves and extracts.
However, the extracts must not contain more than 0.2% THC by weight.
“Importantly it should be noted that smoking cannabis in public is prohibited. The penalty for this is a possible three-month jail term and a fine of 25,000 baht (US$676),” the Tourism Authority of Thailand said on its website.
According to the Thai Food and Drug Administration, the sale of marijuana to pregnant women, nursing mothers and people under the age of 20 is prohibited.
Earlier this month, Justice and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said that “the freer availability of cannabis in Thailand, where many Singaporeans go back and forth, where many tourists come to Singapore, will create more challenges”.
He said that if there is clear evidence of current drug use, Singapore authorities will take action whether the use was in Singapore or abroad.
The minister also cited research showing that cannabis use is harmful and addictive, noting that it can cause irreversible brain damage, brain shrinkage and serious mental and psychiatric disorders.